Title

Productive welfare, the East Asian ‘model’ and beyond : placing welfare types in Greater China into context

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Social Policy and Society

Publication Date

4-1-2014

Volume

13

Issue

2

First Page

301

Last Page

315

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Keywords

Comparative social policy, East Asia, welfare productivism, welfare regimes

Abstract

This article rounds off the themed section by reviewing broader debates within welfare state modelling relevant to Greater China. More specifically, it examines the now well-established literature around the East Asian ‘model’ of welfare, and related debates on the notion of a ‘productive welfare’ model. In so doing, it challenges simplistic classifications that present the region as representing a single model of welfare and, instead, highlights the diversity of welfare provision found within both Greater China and East Asia more generally. Building on the authors’ earlier published work comparing East Asian welfare systems with those found across the OECD, it also challenges claims that the region is home to a distinct ‘productive’ model of welfare. The article ends by highlighting some key drivers that will shape future debates.

DOI

10.1017/S1474746413000572

Print ISSN

14747464

E-ISSN

14753073

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Recommended Citation

Hudson, J., Kühner, S., & Yang, N. (2014). Productive welfare, the East Asian ‘model’ and beyond: Placing welfare types in Greater China into context. Social Policy and Society, 13(2), 301-315. doi: 10.1017/S1474746413000572